When you’re crammed sardine-like on a commuter train, heading for a 9am start in the office, working for yourself can seem pretty enticing. But it comes with its own pitfalls – especially when it comes to your working environment. Gabriela Hersham, co-founder and CEO of shared workspace Huckletree, talks us through her top tips for making working for yourself a breeze.
Keeping up morale is mission critical for employers – if they don’t pay attention to staff satisfaction, they may have to deal with the disruption caused by losing employees, as well as the headache of having to find fresh talent.
As well as being key to retaining a strong team, paying attention to morale is a good way to keep employees loyal and productive. Polycom’s Tim Stone offers five tips on how to get it right.
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) comprise the ‘engine room’ of the UK’s business economy. Figures from the Department of Business Skills and Innovation underline their importance and reveal that SMBs make up 99% of all businesses and account for 59% of all private sector employment and 49% of all private sector turnover, so there’s nothing ‘small’ about their role in contributing to the economic recovery.
Moving core applications and data to the cloud is compelling on many levels – not least anytime, anywhere access to information and services. The flaw in this plan, however, is when ‘anytime, anywhere’ delivery is impacted due to a network outage resulting in the office, shop, factory or wherever staff are located being ‘off-line’.
Cloud computing services are increasingly being adopted mainstream and are fast becoming an integral part of every organisation’s IT strategy. Many industry analysts are saying that cloud will become a major platform for growth for organisations and especially for mid-market businesses. This is because, previously, if an organisation wanted to get a new idea off the ground, they would often have had to make a significant upfront investment in IT before they even knew if their business idea was going to work. The cloud, however, levels the playing field.
Governments, multinationals, SMEs – organisations worldwide are turning to remote working as a way to attract talent, retain it, and help their staff manage job and home-life more productively.
Sometimes it’s a response to specific events, like the recent London Underground strikes. More often, it’s a longer-term strategy.
It might surprise you to learn that one in every ten homes in the UK houses a business, with over 70% of new businesses in the UK now starting up at home. A recent study* by AXA Business Insurance and Enterprise Nation has revealed that people starting businesses from home are the new force in today’s economy.
Are you one of the many self-employed people in the UK who works from their own home?
If so, then there’s good news for you: you’re entitled to include part of the running costs of your home in your accounts, which will save you some tax. But how do you work out exactly how much you can claim?
More and more international assignments result from international business needs and when businesses need experienced leaders in new markets, they often turn to internal assignees. Similarly, when technical workers in a support centre need training, they may be sent to an established company site in a different country for a period of time, or when an employee is asked to relocate to meet a short-term business requirement, they may opt instead to commute so as not to uproot their family. As the realm of international business grows and changes, so does the variety of international assignments that support it. Twenty years ago, it was common for even the most global of companies to have just one or two international assignment types, today, a company may need four times as many.
Peter Sewell, Regional Director. Crown World Mobility, discusses popular assignment types, the business needs they serve and their key support and policy elements.
David Saul, managing director for serviced office provider Business Environment looks at the upcoming flexible working laws and their implications for businesses
Although the headlines are full of the disruption caused by tube strikes, there are some steps that any business can take to ensure they’re as prepared as possible to deal with the impact of transport troubles on their workforce.
Leon Rudd, Head of SMB Marketing at O2, outlines his top tips on how to stay connected even in difficult circumstances.
Research this week has shown that the UK’s adult working population spends over 43
million hours per day commuting to and from work. The research, carried out by memory and storage experts Crucial.com, examined the current working habits of the UK in terms of home working vs the office, to determine which option provides a better environment for maximum productivity.